RSCON Presentation- Let's Talk About Kids That Come To Us From Poverty

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These are the slides I'm using to drive a conversation for the reform symposium on poverty. Accompanying poll is at http://bit.ly/povertypoll .

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  • Show how to do word cloud, then ask them to tell us what they see. Kids experience fear, loneliness, hopelessness, helplessness. Why?
  • Brief overview of research findings. Bad news is that these risk factors greatly change the brain. Good news – brain is built to CHANGE and we can make the difference. Neuroplasticity.
  • Throw question out to the crowd. Many teachers feel sympathy and pity, but how do we move from this to true empathy? How do we lift the veil? Teachers riding buses. Tell our stories. Record their thoughts here for strategies.
  • Tell Hope’s story.
  • Go back to survey and create another word cloud from the 2nd question. Have someone tell us what they see. Pull main themes out and talk specifically about how to provide for these needs both in the present and in their long-term future. Looping….Importance of continuing real relationships with kids (not just seeing them at supermarket). Head Start and other early intervention strategies work, but effects wear off because they strive to level the playing field, but home situation doesn’t improve…must be sustained! Give resepct, choice, freedom. Teach and MODEL. Reach the whole child and MEAN IT. Mutual respect. Respect for how we all learn differently. Requires more of us but we need to commit!
  • Schools such as KIPP and others treat it as such. Is this right? Is a militaristic approach built on improving test scores and the “basics” truly what these kids need? Jensen makes the case that their brains need enrichment a lot more than remediation. Enrichment helps brain grow much faster.
  • Schools such as KIPP and others treat it as such. Is this right? Is a militaristic approach built on improving test scores and the “basics” truly what these kids need? Jensen makes the case that their brains need enrichment a lot more than remediation. Enrichment helps brain grow much faster.
  • Thanks for helping start the conversation, hopefully move it forward, and make a bigger impact for kids!!!
  • RSCON Presentation- Let's Talk About Kids That Come To Us From Poverty

    1. 1. Reform Symposium 2011 Session<br />21:00 EST<br />July 30th, 2011<br />Steve Johnson<br />Let’s Talk About Kids That Come To Us From Poverty<br />Before we begin, please click the link below and take a short survey that will help us drive this conversation:<br />
    2. 2. Who am I?<br />Steve Johnson<br />Twitter: @edtechsteve<br />Website: edtechsteve.com<br />Email: edtechsteve@gmail.com<br />Blog: edtechsteve.blogspot.com<br />Teacher<br />North Carolina, <br />USA<br />Writer/Author<br />My Girls!<br />
    3. 3. Session Outline<br />Purpose: <br />Talk about how we can best serve students that come to us from poverty<br />Take-away: <br />Specific actions we can take in our schools to have a larger and longer lasting impact<br />Conversation Points (be thinking about these!):<br /><ul><li>Take a look at survey results, think about obstacles kids in poverty face.
    4. 4. Question: What do kids from poverty experience in school? Why do they experience this?
    5. 5. Question: How do we build teacher empathy? How do we move from pity to empathy?
    6. 6. Question: What do these students need from us to be successful, long-term? What actions do we take to address these needs?
    7. 7. Extra Credit Question : Is poverty an “excuse”?</li></li></ul><li>Question: What do kids from poverty experience in school? Why do they experience this?<br />
    8. 8. Effects of Poverty on Students<br />Family income level most consistent predictor of school success<br />Primary Risk Factors:<br />Emotional and social challenges<br />Acute and chronic stressors<br />Cognitive lags<br />Health and safety issues<br />“Children raised in poverty rarely choose to behave differently, but they are faced daily with overwhelming challenges that affluent children never have to confront.” (Jensen, P. 14)<br />
    9. 9. Question: How do we build teacher empathy? How do we move from pity to empathy?<br />
    10. 10. Question: How do we build teacher empathy? How do we move from pity to empathy?<br />Hope<br />
    11. 11. Empathy is <br />NOT ENOUGH<br />
    12. 12. Question: What do these students need from us to be successful, long-term? What actions do we take to address these needs?<br />
    13. 13. Question: Is Poverty an “excuse”?<br />
    14. 14. Where to go from here?<br />Implement ways in your school to build empathy<br />Have this same conversation about how to convert empathy to action. Be action oriented<br />Follow through….all the way through.<br />Continue to bring issue up at ed conferences of all shapes and sizes (I’ll be submitting to Educon…).<br />Other ideas to keep this conversation going? #povertychat?<br />
    15. 15. Thanks!!!!!<br />

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